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Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke . Credit: CADEK

“I reflected on my unworthiness”: Nigerian Cardinal Recalls His Elevation Two Years Later

May 29, 2024

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke who was named alongside 20 others as Cardinal-designate during the 27 August 2022 Consistory has recalled his reaction upon receiving the news, saying that he considered himself unworthy.

Archbishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). Credit: Archdiocese of Brazzaville

Archbishop Speaks on Bishops’ Findings on Congo-Brazzaville, Rwanda Land Agreements

May 29, 2024

The findings of members of the Episcopal Conference of Congo-Brazzaville (CEC) on the two memoranda of understanding and a concession agreement in the agricultural field, which the Republic of Congo and Rwanda signed in April 2022 are the truth and not to deceive the people, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brazzaville has said.

Stephen Cardinal Ameyu Mulla  of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba in South Sudan. Credit: Radio Maria South Sudan

Cardinal in South Sudan Urges Pastoral Agents to Foster “spirit of inclusivity, understanding, respect for one another”

May 29, 2024

Pastoral agents in the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba in South Sudan have been urged to foster a spirit of inclusivity, understanding and respect for one another in their respective duties.

Today, May 29, We Celebrate St. Maximinus

May 29, 2024

St. Maximinus was the Bishop of Trier, and was born at Silly near Poitiers. He died there either on May 29, 352 or Sept. 12, 349. He was educated and ordained a priest by St. Agritius, whom he succeeded as Bishop of Trier in 332 or 335. At that time Trier was the government seat of the Western Emperor and, by force of his office, Maximinus stood in close relation with the Emperors Constantine II and Constans.

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine in Uganda, venue for the annual celebration of Martyrs Day. Credit: Uganda Catholics Online

Ugandan Diocese Upbeat about Animating Martyrs’ Day Pilgrimage, Ready for Full Participation

May 28, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Nebbi in Uganda which is animating this year’s Martyrs’ Day Pilgrimage in Uganda has expressed enthusiasm at organizing the religious gathering that is celebrated annually on June 3.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo with participants attending the interdisciplinary colloquium which the Omnia Omnibus University of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa organized. Credit: Omnia Omnibus University

“More collaboration than difficulties”: Congolese Cardinal on Church-State Relations

May 28, 2024

There is “more collaboration” between the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “than difficulties”, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has said.

Bishop Simon Peter Kamomoe (right), the Auxiliary Bishop of Kenya’s Nairobi Archdiocese, and Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama (left) of Nigeria’s  Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja

Trinity Sunday: Two Bishops in Africa Call for Unity in Diversity

May 28, 2024

Two Catholic Bishops in Africa have, on the occasion of the solemnity of the most Holy Trinity, urged the people of God they are shepherding to emulate the unity that exists in the Holy Trinity and shun the hatred that divides them.

Today, May 28, We Celebrate St. Bernard of Menthon

May 28, 2024

The Church remembers St. Bernard of Manthon on May 28. He was born in 923, probably in the castle Menthon near Annecy, in Savoy, and died at Novara, 1008. He was a descendant from a rich, noble family and received a thorough education. He refused to enter an honorable marriage proposed by his father, and decided to devote himself instead to the service of the Church.

Uganda’s Youths to Animate Series of Eucharistic Celebrations ahead of Martyrs’ Day, 60th Canonization Anniversary

May 27, 2024

Youths in Uganda are set to animate a series of Eucharistic celebrations to mark the celebration of the Ugandan Martyrs, one of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings.

Church in Africa Growing “stronger”, Nuncio in Kenya Says, Faults Church in Europe for Losing “its inner compass”

May 27, 2024

The Church in Africa, which for many years was considered a missionary territory has evolved and is growing “stronger” compared to the Church in Europe that seems to have “weakened”, the representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has said.

Draw Inspiration from Holy Trinity, Foster “unity, harmony” as Christian Family Life “pillars”: Kenyan Bishop to Couples

May 27, 2024

Married couples can draw inspiration from the relationship of the three persons of the Holy Trinity to promote their togetherness as spouses and realize a harmonious Christian family, a Catholic Bishop in Kenya has said.

A woman and a girl in Tigray walk with supplies. The founder and CEO of the global school-feeding charity Mary’s Meals visited northern Ethiopia in March and confirmed reports of a widespread hunger crisis unfolding rapidly in Tigray in the aftermath of a two-year civil war and ongoing drought.  / Credit: Armstrong Studios/2024

Ethiopia among World Countries Benefiting from Large Catholic aid organizations amid Widespread Hunger Crises

May 27, 2024

Approximately 350 million people are in dire need of food globally, including vast numbers of children. Catholic groups are on the ground tirelessly working to help.

Rajesh Mohur pictured with Carlo Acutis on the day of his Confirmation | Photo courtesy of Ignatius Press

From Hinduism to Catholicism: How Blessed Carlo Acutis Inspired a Man to Convert

May 27, 2024

Blessed Carlo Acutis inspired the son of a Brahman Hindu priest to be baptized as a Catholic through the young boy’s joyful witness to Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist and his love for the poor.

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Ruwa’ichi of Tanzania’s Catholic Archdiocese of Dar-es-Salaam. Credit: Radio Maria Tanzania

Love, Make Time for, Keep Safe Your Children: Catholic Archbishop in Tanzania to Parents, Warns about “dramatic world”

May 27, 2024

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Ruwa’ichi of Tanzania’s Catholic Archdiocese of Dar-es-Salaam has called upon parents and guardians to manifest love for children under their parental care by making time for them and ensuring their safety.

Nigerian Vicar General Attributes Smooth Running of Diocese in Bishop’s Absence to “collaboration and understanding”

May 26, 2024

The Vicar General of the  Catholic Diocese of Bauchi in Nigeria has attributed the smooth running of the Diocese to the “collaboration and understanding” he has witnessed among the people of God in the Diocese. 

German Ambassador Applauds Opening of Don Bosco Hospitality Centre in Kigali. Credit: Salesians of Don Bosco AGL Province Facebook

Salesian Hospitality Center in Rwanda Aims to Empower “next generation of leaders, innovators”: Report

May 26, 2024

The Don Bosco Hospitality Center in Rwanda’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kigali that is under the auspices of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) aims to empower “next generation of leaders and innovators” in the hospitality industry.

Today, May 26, We Celebrate St. Philip Neri

May 26, 2024

Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. At the age of 18, Philip was sent to his uncle, Romolo, a wealthy merchant at San Germano, a Neapolitan town near the base of Monte Cassino, to assist him in his business, and with the hope that he might inherit his uncle's fortune. 

Keep Flame of Holy Spirit “alive, fan it, that it may shine brighter”: Nuncio to Newly Consecrated Bishop in Kenya

May 25, 2024

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has called upon the newly Consecrated Bishop in the East African nation to keep alive the flame of the Holy Spirit, have it fanned through a life of communion with God in prayer and remain close to the people of God during his Episcopal Ministry.

Congo-Brazzaville and Rwanda 2022 Land Agreements Not “transfer, sale, spoliation of Congolese land”: Catholic Bishops

May 25, 2024

The two memoranda of understanding and a concession agreement in the agricultural field, which the Republic of Congo and Rwanda signed in April 2022 is not a “transfer, sale or spoliation of Congolese land”, Catholic Bishops in Central African nation popularly known as Congo-Brazzaville have said.

Bishop David Ajang of the Catholic Diocese of Lafia in Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Long Distances, Ethnic Violence, Cultural Diversity among “greatest” Challenges of Lafia Catholic Diocese, Nigeria

May 25, 2024

The vastness of the Catholic Diocese of Lafia and insecurity amid ethnic violence are among the “greatest” challenges the Local Ordinary grapples with in the Nigerian Episcopal See.